Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa, 92.9 WTUG, Praise 93.3, 105.1 The Block, and the Tuscaloosa Thread are proud to present the 2023 Black History Makers of Alabama.

The Yellowhammer State is filled with great African American leaders from the past, present, and future. We thank our West Alabama community partners, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Delta Phi Lambda Chapter, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Xi Omega Chapter for their continued support.

Black History Maker – Erica Grant

Photo Courtesy of Erica Grant
Photo Courtesy of Erica Grant
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Erica Grant was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is a proud graduate of Central High School. In addition, Grant completed the Cosmetology Program at Shelton State Community College in 2008 and the Instructors Program in 2011.

She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Stillman College, graduated from the University of West Alabama with a Master’s in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, and is currently enrolled at Liberty University pursuing a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership.

Grant is the devoted wife of David Grant Jr., the mother of 5: Marcus, David III, Eric, Dylen, and Paizley, and grandmother of Marleii.

Her passions led her to be involved with many community-based organizations, she is a member of the Oasis CME Church where she founded the GEMS Ministry for girls and serves as a stewardess. Also, she is an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Eta Xi Omega Chapter, and the Order of Eastern Star Sunbeam #844.

“Black History is important to me for so many reasons, but to narrow it down, Black History shows African Americans soaring against all odds, making a difference in society, mastering tasks that our ancestors paved the way for, and continuing the growth of our economy in a more positive way.”

Grant serves as the District 5 Representative on the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education. She is the first African American to hold this position. She was appointed by Mayor Walt Maddox to the Tuscaloosa Framework Steering Committee and is heavily involved with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce.

You can add the title of author to her resume, in 2017, Grant released her first book, "Chapter 34 – Life After Death: 5 Powerful Principles My Mentor Taught Me Before Transitioning To Glory."

Her work in the community extends to being an active member of the PTA for the Alberta School of Fine Arts, Eastwood Middle School, and Bryant High School. Additionally, she is an instructor at Stillman College and she does all of these things while proudly owning and operating Charming Kreations Salon and Thrifty Charm Boutique.

Stillman College and various community organizations have honored her with several different awards. She has served our community and our youth in various charitable events, partners with several youth organizations, and non-profits.

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2022 Black History Makers of Alabama

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Rising Star Character Students of the Month

During the 2022-2023 school year, Tuscaloosa City Schools, along with Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa, Legal Services of Alabama and Child Abuse Prevention Services, will highlight Rising Star Character Students of the Month from each school in the district, highlighting two to three students each month.

Here's a recap of the previously recognized students!